Peter J. Weiss, 71, a retired official of the Food and Drug Administration, a member of the Montgomery County Symphony Orchestra and a volunteer teacher of English to Soviet immigrants at the Jewish Community Center, died of kidney failure Sept. 18 at his home in Silver Spring.

Dr. Weiss was born in Vienna, Austria. He lived in Belgium and England before coming to the United States in 1943. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in Europe.

In 1946, he settled in the Washington area. He graduated from George Washington University, and he also received a master's degree in chemistry from GWU. He received a doctorate in organic chemistry from Georgetown University.

Dr. Weiss began his career at the FDA in 1947. He was director of the agency's National Center for Antibiotic Analysis and Insulin Certification when he retired in 1976.

Dr. Weiss was a volunteer for Call for Action, a consumer hot line sponsored by WTOP Radio, and for the consumer protection divison of the Maryland Attorney General's Office. In addition, he was a volunteer at Homecrest House, a senior citizens facility sponsored by B'nai B'rith in Silver Spring, and a member of Har Tzeon-Agudath Achim Synagogue, which also is in Silver Spring. For 20 years, he played the viola in the Montgomery County Symphony Orchestra.

Survivors include his wife, Lillian L. Weiss, whom he married in 1948, of Silver Spring; two sons, Martin H. Weiss of Alexandria and Irwin E. Weiss of Baltimore; and two grandchildren.


Project Manager

Stephan Duane Mills, 31, the son of Prince George's County Council member Sue V. Mills and a project manager in a family electric business, died of a brain tumor Sept. 15 at his home in Washington.

Mr. Mills was born in Washington and raised in Oxon Hill. He graduated from Potomac Senior High School and attended the University of Maryland, where he majored in politics and journalism.

He worked for a number of trade publications until about 1983, when he joined the Mills Russell Electric Co. in Clinton. He was a project manager at the time of his death.

Survivors include his parents, Sue V. and James E. Mills Jr. of Clinton; a sister, Cynthia S. Bulka of Waldorf; and two grandparents, Bertha and James E. Mills Sr. of Oxon Hill.


Arlington Deputy Treasurer

Margaret Moss LaPlace, 89, a retired deputy treasurer of Arlington County, died of pneumonia Sept. 12 at a nursing home in Winchester, Va.

Mrs. LaPlace, a resident of Arlington until moving to the nursing home in January, was born in Baltimore. She grew up in Newport News, Va. She taught in Nelson County, Va., before moving to Arlington in the early 1920s.

Mrs. LaPlace worked for the old Washington Evening Star newspaper until 1929. She then went to work for the Arlington County Treasurer's Office. She was deputy treasurer when she retired in 1963.

She was a member of Wilson Boulevard Christian Church in Arlington, the Mary Washington Chapter No. 50 of the Order of the Eastern Star, Al Manarah Court No. 50 of the Ladies' Oriental Shrine, and the Business and Professional Women's Club.

Her husband, Aubrey E. LaPlace, died in 1975.

Survivors include a stepdaughter, Harl LaPlace Jeffrey of Vienna, and two granddaughters.


ICC Official

Marcus L. Meyer, 88, a retired lawyer with the Interstate Commerce Commission, where he was assistant director of the bureau of enforcement in charge of railroads, died Sept. 17 at the Oakwood nursing center in Alexandria. He had Alzheimer's disease.

Mr. Meyer, a resident of Arlington, was born in Minster, Ohio. As a young man in Ohio he worked for the Nickel Plate Railroad. In 1938, he moved to Washington and joined the ICC. He also received a law degree from the Washington College of Law, which is now part of American University. He retired in 1969.

He was a member of the D.C. Bar and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church of Arlington.

His first wife, Annabelle Callanan Meyer, died in 1973.

Survivors include his wife, Joan Meyer, whom he married in 1981, of Arlington; five stepchildren, Raymond F. Garraty III of New York City, Timothy Charles Garraty of Rockville, Teresa Garraty Arnold of Reisterstown, Md., Todd John Garraty of Bethesda and Tina Frances Garraty of Arnold, Md.; a brother, Robert Meyer of Minster; a sister, Philamena Riethman of Columbus, Ohio; and two grandchildren.



Ruth E. Morris, 83, a retired teacher at private elementary schools in the Washington area, died of cancer Aug. 27 at a hospital in Boston.

Mrs. Morris, who lived in Boston, was born in Chicago. She grew up in Oklahoma and attended what was is now Northwest Oklahoma State University. She came to this area about 1953. Over the years she taught at several area schools, including the Old Dominion School in Arlington and the Tallwood School in Fairfax. She retired in 1970. She moved to South Carolina in 1982 and to Boston in 1988.

Survivors include her husband, Charles A. Morris of Washington; four children, Ashton C. Morris of Arlington, Gerald G. Morris of Anchorage, Carol R. Morris of Boston and Virginia H. Clark of Anderson, S.C.; a sister, Helen Humiston Fowler of Ontario, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.


Consultant, Economist

Donald F. Heany, 72, a native Washingtonian and a self-employed business consultant, died of multiple myeloma Sept. 16 at his home in Stoneham, Mass.

Dr. Heany graduated from St. John's College High School and Georgetown University, where he also received a master's degree in economics. He served in the Army in the Pacific during World War II, then after the war received a doctorate in economics from Harvard University and taught economics at the University of Notre Dame.

He was recalled to active duty in the Army during the Korean War. From 1952 to 1956, he was a consultant and economic analyst at Johns Hopkins University.

In 1956, Dr. Heany moved to New York, where he worked as a consultant to the corporate staff of General Electric until 1973. From 1973 to 1984, he was director of the special studies program at the Strategic Planning Institute in Cambridge, Mass. Since 1984, he had been a self-employed consultant, specializing in corporate planning.

He was the author of two books, "Cutthroat Teammates: Achieving Effective Teamwork Among Professionals" and "Development of Information Systems," and several articles published in business journals.

His wife, Rebecca I. Heany, died in 1969.

Survivors include two children, Mary D. Heany of San Diego and Thomas J. Heany of Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y., and two sisters, Rita Heany of Washington and Sister Maria Beata Heany of the Order of the Holy Cross, of Kensington.